Things to do in Grenada
Unique in so many ways, this small Caribbean Island is big on flavours such as chocolate, spice and rum and boasts the only Garry Rhodes Restaurant in the Caribbean ‘Calabash’. With lush rainforests, waterfalls, and white sandy beaches it is popular with eco tourists too!
Best things to do and see
SHOPPING AND DINING
Wander around one of the Saturday markets to see stalls stacked high with fresh, local produce. You’ll find fragrant spices, exotic fruit and vegetables and you can watch the fresh fish being filleted on the fish stalls.
At the Grenville Saturday Market on the east coast you can buy hats, place mats and other articles that the local people weave from palm fronds.
Aquarium Restaurant serves international cuisine with a Caribbean fusion. Dine on the wooden deck overlooking the sea. They serve a Sunday BBQ and great cocktails in their La Sirena Beach Bar. Try the national dish Oil down, a hearty stew of veggies, salted meat and aromatic spices.
The Grenada Chocolate Factory at Hermitage is a pioneering Organic Cocoa Farmers’ and Chocolate-Makers’ Cooperative. The chocolate factory produces award-winning organic dark chocolate. Well worth a visit!
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Visit the Dougaldston Estate to see how the famous spices of Grenada were dried, and take some home with you. For a more comprehensive tour, and an explanation of the drying process, visit the Nutmeg Processing Centre in Gouyave.
Visit Helvellyn House with its pretty gardens and pottery in the grounds in the north of the island.
Take a stroll around the 400 acre Belmont Estate on the east coast to see cocoa beans being processed to make some of the finest chocolate in the Caribbean. The estate also grows many fruit and vegetables and even has a its own farm – home to some very friendly goats! After a tour of the heritage museum, relax and enjoy a buffet style lunch.
Visit the Clarks Court Rum Distillery not far from the capital which is powered by steam or the River Antoine and Dunfermline rum distilleries.
WATER AND SPORTS
Grenada has over 45 beaches, some of the best are in the south east around Grande Anse. Good spots for snorkelling are Morne Rouge, Moliniere Point, Flamingo Bay and Dragon Bay.
Grenada is great for diving. You can dive on shipwrecks, such as Bianca C, the Italian cruise ship or a sunken sailboat called the Buccaneer. Other famous dive sites include The Hole, Valley of Whales and Forests of Dean.
Thrill seekers may enjoy a Balthazar River Tubing Adventure. You will ride alongside trained guides as you spin and swirl in the currents of Grenada’s Great River surrounded by the exotic scenery of tropical vegetation and wildlife.
Grenada is home to the World’s first underwater sculpture museum. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is now listed as one of National Geographic’s 25 wonders of the world! At a depth of 5-8 meters the 75 sculptures are easily accessible by snorkelling and scuba diving. The park was installed to draw snorkellers away from the very fragile reefs nearby and has been instrumental in the protection of local marine life.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE
Visit Levera National Park where you can see the leatherback turtles lay their eggs between April and June.
Explore Grenada’s aromatic spice gardens and learn about the island’s spice production on a Grenada Spice Garden tour. The tour takes in three distinct gardens; Sunnyside Garden, De La Grenade’s Spice Garden and Smithy’s Garden. You’ll learn about native fruit and nut trees, medicinal herbs and be able to sample locally made nutmeg jams and jellies as well as Grenada’s legendary liqueur.
Take a tour of the island visiting Seven Sisters Falls and enjoy the views of St George from the viewpoint at Grand Etang. You can climb to the top of Mount Sinai which has an elevation of 1,379 feet and is located near St. Andrew.
Take a dip at the Concord Falls on the west coast of the island.
The Concord waterfalls is not one, but three waterfalls situated on the edge of the forest reserve where the water is crystal clear and ice cold.
Events and holidays
January – New Years Day, Annual Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament, Grenada Sailing Festival
February – Independence Day Celebrations, Cultural Extravaganza, Soca Monarch – Calypso/Groovy Finals (Caricou), Caricou Carnival
Easter – Kite flying competitions, regatta and yacht races
Easter – Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday
March – celebration of St Patrick’s Day in Sauteurs
1 May – Labour Day
May/June – Grenada’s Spice Jazz Festival
May/June – Whit Monday
June – Corpus Christi
Late June – Gouyeve, Fisherman’s Birthday boat festival
July – Grenada 4 day Summer Regatta with beach parties
First Monday and Tuesday in August – August Bank Holiday
Start of August – Rainbow City Cultural Festival in Grenville with cultural shows
Second weekend in August – Carnival with dancing and calypso music
25 October – Thanksgiving
End of November – Grenada Yacht Club race
25-26 Dec – Christmas Holidays
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